Over the years as I've grown up, my summers have changed dramatically. With summer well and truly on its way, I thought I'd tell you all my favourite summer memories after Rekorderlig asked me what my ultimate summer playlist would be for their #BrighterNights campaign (check it out at the bottom of this post!).
As a child my summers consisted of playing in the garden, going on picnics with my family, visiting national trust properties and running around the gardens, and going on days out with friends and our mums. We'd also go to Devon or Cornwall, and have days playing on the beach and in rockpools. My brother and I would also go and stay at my Nanny and Gramps' for a weekend by the seaside, and our weekend would be filled with fish n chips, ice-creams, and fairground rides with our cousins. We'd also usually go up to my grandma's in North Wales, where we'd walk up to Crowe Castle, go for lunch at a pub just on the outskirts of Llangollen, and play cricket on the beach.
It's funny, but I really miss those family times. We don't often have days out as a family as we're all so busy with separate lives, and we don't often all go up to Grandma's together - I mostly go by myself and then the rest of my family go up a different time. This summer I'd love to spend more time with my family and have days out and picnics in the beautiful countryside that surrounds us like we used to.
In Australia my summers were spent on the beach, sailing on the river, and exploring the rest of Western Australia with my family, as well as hanging out with friends. There were also loads of house parties in the summer. It was pretty awesome.
The past few years since I started and finished University, I've mostly spent my summers hanging out with friends; Henley, Ascot, Festivals, Polo, and picnics in the park with plenty of Pimms. Summer is the busiest time of year as there's so much going on, and I'm already fully booked for June and almost every weekend is fully booked for July! I'm trying to leave August as empty as possible so I can try and persuade my parents to do some mini-roadtrips or days out like we used to.
One of the things I love most about summer is the music, in Australia we used to drive around with the windows down and music blaring for everyone to hear, it's one of my favourite summer memories. Check out my ultimate summer playlist below and let me know in the comments what your favourite summer song is! Warning: the playlist is over 3 hours long, and has a huge mix and variety of music genres and styles from the fifties right up to today's music. I did tell you it was the 'ultimate' summer playlist ;)
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